President Joe Biden’s approval rating has tanked over the past year, with multiple surveys showing that he is now less popular than his predecessor. What’s more, it isn’t just Biden who is being beaten in the polls.
According to Real Clear Politics, former President Donald Trump is also enjoying a higher approval rating than Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump polls better than three leading Democrats
The website’s most recent polling aggregate puts Trump’s average approval rating at 42.7%. That includes a Harvard-Harris poll which gave him a 47% approval rating while a survey from Rasmussen put the number at 52%.
Meanwhile, Biden’s approval average stands almost a full point lower at 41.8 percent. Harris and Pelosi do even worse, scoring averages of 37.7% and 33.2% respectively.
In addition to having a higher approval rating, Trump also bested the trio of high-profile Democrats when it came to disapproval.
Whereas Trump’s aggregate disapproval number is 51.7%, the president and vice president are both tied at 52.2%. Pelosi comes out significantly worse at 56.2%.
Surveys show sharp drop in support for Democrats
Interestingly, Biden appears to have lost significant ground with demographic groups that his party has long relied upon.
New York Magazine contributor Eric Levitz recently pointed to an NBC News poll showing that his approval rating with African Americans fell from 83% in April of last year to 64% now. Further, a Quinnipiac University survey put the number at an even lower 57%.
That same Quinnipiac University poll showed even worse figures for Biden with Hispanic Americans, with just 28 percent saying that they approve of how he has performed as president.
It came on the heels of a Wall Street Journal poll in December which found that Latinos were evenly divided over which party they want to see in control of Capitol Hill.
What’s more, Real Clear Politics’ aggregate of congressional polls show that Republicans currently lead Democrats among all voters by 3.9% on the generic ballot. A survey conducted by Monmouth between January 20 and January 24 put the gap at 8 points.
Those numbers should be a cause for concern among Democrats prior to this year’s upcoming midterm elections, who currently hold only a narrow majority in the House of Representatives and a 50-50 tie in the Senate.